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Regular Columnist: Phil Factor

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A regression of the art of database development

Recent experts in Development techniques don't seem inclined to study the history of programming; There isn't that much that's new in the art of Unit Testing database development work  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/05/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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I am not a Schema

Of course user-defined Schemas are useful in SQL Server, but are you using them?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/05/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Financial Data in the Cloud?

Phil Factor believes that there will have to be further compromises between the pioneers of The Cloud and the regulators, before companies feel safe in entrusting their financial data to such an abstract service, seemingly 'remote from sand and iron'.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/04/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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ORM Mapping

A guest editorial from Phil Factor that discusses ORMs and how they ca be used, or mis-used, in our applications.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/03/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Database Documentation: Joining up the Dots

This week, a guest editorial from Phil Factor on how SQL Server database documentation falls woefully short of what is required and expected by most development teams.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/03/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Keeping up with Technology

Phil Factor believes that we have become so immersed in the idea that administrators or accountants can run technical enterprises, unaided, that we are in danger of forgetting the vital creative contribution of the technologist.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/01/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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We'll go no more a' tibbling

Phil Factor points out the limitations and irritations of Hungarian Notation.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/01/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Why would a SQL Server Professional need an iPhone for work?

In which Phil Factor attempts to justify his iPhones and iPod Touches as a business expense.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/01/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database weekly
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Women in Technology

A guest editorial from Phil Factor today that points out some of the incredibly contributions by women in technology.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2010/01/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Speed Phreaks

A guest editorial from Phil Factor looks at the Speed Phreak competition that has been taking place recently and is quite popular. Read about the inspiration for the competition and why you might want to participate.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/11/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Surely It Should Just Work?

Does a programmer need to know how his code gets executed? Arguably, developers should focus on database structures rather than a particular implementation, and Phil tries to convince us that good programming is not just knowing everything about your programming environment.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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In Praise of Barebones Applications

The English voice of IT reason, Phil Factor, brings us a guest editorial. Today he waxes about the overbearing processes used to build internal corporate applications.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/10/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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There's No Such Species as a DBA

Phil ponders whether the term 'DBA' is still really meaningful, or if it's just a blunt instrument used to bash a diverse population into a mis-conceived niche. Is it worth the trouble of being typecast, just to have those 3 letters on your CV?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/09/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Good Word for ODBC

A guest editorial from Phil Factor puts in a good word for ODBC. This is the standard for Windows machines to connect to all kinds of data sources, and is both loved and hated by developers of all kinds.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/09/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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There's a Lot to Learn From Even Simple Puzzles

Phil reflects on the problem-solving power of SQLServerCentral at its best, and mentions some of the impressive contributions to the Summer SQL Stumpers competition  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/08/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Advice for the Unemployed

Everyone has an opinion on the best advice to give an IT person who is unemployed and wants to get back into paid work. Phil Factor outlines what he would advise.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/07/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Basically Available, Soft State, Eventually Consistent

The use of non-relational databases is a fascinating topic but they will remain special-purpose and are not competing with SQL-based relational databases.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/07/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database weekly
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Stress

Developers and DBAs both tend to lead stressful lives. Occasionally, things don't go to plan, and this stress can then build to pretty intolerable levels. Without adaptive methods of dealing with stress, things can go very wrong...  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/07/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Documenting Database Code: Structured Headers

When you're doing any database development work, it won't be long before you need to seriously consider the documentation of your routines. Should we, as a community, propose a common standard for T-SQL headers, and the information that should go into them?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/06/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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CLR Triggers in SQL Servers

Do CLR triggers really represent the most popular usage of CLR in enterprise SQL Servers? Phil Factor wants to know if this is the case, and if so, what on earth are they doing?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2009/06/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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